Michael Günther Bard
As a preview for the performance of the play here illustrations from the book ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ in the translation of U.W. v. Schlegel with the fantastic pictures of Arthur Rackham.
How did you get the Idea?
The donkey mask on the chestnut tree reminded me of my first visit to the Waldgarten in May 2015 to Zettel’s dream in the Midsummer Night’s Dream by Shakespeare. Also the rest of the garden let you feel: the English spirit world, here it is at home. I felt, we have to do this piece here! The forest was to play a major role in the play as magic forest. This means that the game takes place in different locations of the Waldgarten and is realized as a “change theater”.
The team and preparation
We found professional participation in directing, reading and playing with Christiane Ziehl, the director of the youth theater at the Brandenburger Theater. The theater also supports us in ticket sales, advertising, theater technology.
Project organization, costumes and stage design were taken over by Heidrun Kunert, while all services for the audience and the decoration of the venues were the responsibility of the association. The members and friends of the association Rietzer Berg act as performers in costumes of the Shakespeare period in the “living pictures” and were involved with a costume designer and a make-up artist also in the production of the costumes.
Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream (in a retelling by Franz Fühmann), with its varying levels of confused court society, theater-playing craftsmen, and quarrelsome elven world, is a timeless piece, a European cultural asset and the most frequently performed Shakespeare play of all.
The forest itself, with its old deciduous trees, robinia, chestnuts and oaks, represents a life span of up to 400 years and could thus reach back to Shakespeare.
The forest garden has its own character, with its romantically enchanted games, such as sun meadow with brook, grass labyrinth and Hobbithöhle or with the prosaic areas, such as donkey stable, pool and carport.
With the Midsummer Night’s Dream, we want to bring the Waldgarten to shine and sound and create a profound experience with its – connecting this world and hereafter – game of human and elven beings.
Gallery of the year 2016